Online Talk: Images of Berta. Pavilion for the Saffa 58

Veranstalter: gta Ausstellungen
Datum: Dienstag, 11. Mai 2021 bis Dienstag, 11. Mai 2021
Zeit: 18.00 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr

We are happy to invite you to the online opening of the third chapter of the exhibition The Power of Mushrooms: Berta Rahm’s Pavilion for the Saffa 58!

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 6pm on:

Talks by
Friederike Merkel “Berta Rahm’s Diaries: 1935-1950”
Dr. Katia Frey „Neue Perspektive aus der Frauen- und Gender-Forschung“
Dr. Eliana Perotti „Eine Frage des Image?“

Images of Berta

In numerous diary entries, written between 1935 and 1950, Berta Rahm reflects on her image as a female, unarried architect in a male-dominated field: she writes about the way she is expected to present herself in front of (potential) clients and identifies how the fact that she is unmarried makes it even more difficult for her to establish her own practice, eventually leading to her giving up her profession.

The persistent and appalling topicality of her descriptions on the discrimination of women in architecture make Berta Rahm’s diary entries relevant beyond the historic artifact. What are the structures that sustain that image? How can we reflect critically on the image we give of ourselves? And how can we create other images that disrupt the traditional and toxic image of the architect?

In the opening event accompanying this exhibition stage Friederike Merkel will present Berta Rahm’s Diaries: 1935–1950, a compilation of revealing diary entries written by Berta Rahm guide us through her biography. This input is followed by two lectures by Dr. Eliana Perotti and Dr. Katia Frey from the research project on the Saffa 1958 who will outline a history of the representation of female architects through the media of photography and speak about the specificities in dealing with scarce sources within the field of women’s history.

This project is realised by the exhibition team Milena Buchwalder, Sonja Flury, Dorothee Hahn, and Larissa Müllner on behalf of the ProSaffa1958-Pavillon Association, together with the directors of gta exhibitions Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen.